our grantmaking process

The Raikes Foundation makes grants in three core program areas: Education, Youth Homelessness, and Impact-Driven Philanthropy. We also make a limited number of community grants and grants for special projects. Proposals are by invitation only. We make the majority of our grants to organizations we have identified. We do not accept unsolicited proposals. 

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of the Code. Public organizations designated under section 170(c) of the Code are also eligible. The Raikes Foundation does not make grants to individuals or to organizations outside the United States. 

The Raikes Foundation does not fund: individuals; organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin or citizenship, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief; or religious purposes unless grant activities address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.

Even if our grants and strategies don’t fully succeed, we only fail if we don’t learn.

– Jeff Raikes

List of Grants

Organization Requests Award Date Amount Program
Kennesaw State University Foundation (KSUF) Preventing Youth Homelessness and Housing Insecurity 03/26/21 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services Built for Zero Conference - King County Department of Community and Human Services "All Home" Staff Participation 12/18/19 $500.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Regional Homelessness Authority Youth and Young Adult Policy Coordinator 12/01/21 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Regional Homelessness Authority King County Regional Homelessness Authority Website Redesign Project 08/05/21 $8,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Kingmakers of Oakland BELE Network: Organizational Development and Operating Support (2021-2022) 08/18/21 $350,000.00 Education
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 11/18/20 $2,500.00 Community Giving
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 11/22/22 $2,500.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio General Operating Support 10/13/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Latino Community Fund of Washington State "Washington Census Alliance" Census 2020 Fund 02/04/20 $60,000.00 Special Initiatives
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law General Operating Support 11/23/21 $200,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute Evidence-Based Policy and Practice to Support Youth Experiencing Homelessness 11/30/20 $100,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 05/23/22 $900,000.00 Education
Learning Policy Institute General Operating Support 12/20/21 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children State Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coordination 12/09/19 $36,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 05/20/21 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 02/17/22 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 11/22/22 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 09/20/21 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children Youth Homeless Advocacy Coordination 12/01/20 $50,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children General Operating Support 05/21/20 $8,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Liberty Hill Foundation General Operating Support 03/30/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy General Operating Support 03/22/22 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Louisa Boren STEM K-8 PTA General Operating Support 03/15/21 $500.00 Community Giving
Mariners Care Day of Game Workers Fund 04/17/20 $100,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Mitchell Kapor Foundation **N40 FUNDING** The Race Card Project Core Operations 07/01/20 $50,000.00 Trustee Directed Gifts
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/29/20 $14,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 12/01/21 $95,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society 2020 Annual Virtual Event 08/31/20 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 06/29/20 $1,000.00 Regional Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Service Providers Collaborative 11/20/20 $200,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 05/01/20 $125.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society 2022 Youth Leadership Summit Sponsorship 06/15/22 $2,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 11/22/22 $10,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society 2021 Annual Sponsorship (Speaker Series) 07/27/21 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 10/24/22 $112,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 12/01/21 $450,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society King County Youth Voice Project 11/23/20 $92,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Mockingbird Society General Operating Support 10/20/20 $226,600.00 Youth Homelessness
Montana History Foundation American Doorstop Project -- “An Artist’s Vision – Gene Roncka: Commemorative Signature Album 2020” 01/24/20 $2,000.00 Community Giving
Movement Strategy Center General Operating Support 01/24/22 $50,000.00 Impact Driven Philanthropy
Movement Strategy Center Next Generation Fund General Operating Support 10/01/20 $100,000.00 Special Initiatives
Muslim Association of Puget Sound WA State Afghan Refugee Resettlement Coordination and Operating Support 12/21/21 $15,000.00 Special Initiatives
NAACP Empowerment Programs Inc. General Operating Support 09/16/20 $125,000.00 Special Initiatives
National Association of Counsel for Children 2020 National Child Welfare Law Conference 03/13/20 $5,000.00 Youth Homelessness
National Center for Civic Innovation Inc. Equity Accelerator: Institutional Transformation for Equitable Student Success in Higher Education Core Operations 07/01/22 $560,000.00 Education
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2019 and 2020) 06/29/20 $10,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2022) 09/28/22 $10,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Family Philanthropy Annual Membership (2021) 07/07/21 $10,000.00 Community Giving
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/24/22 $750,000.00 Education
National Center for Youth Law General Operating Support 05/11/20 $500,000.00 Education